by Undre Griggs, Jr.
As friends: we provide shelter when our brethren are without cover; food when we can’t afford it; we visit each other when we miss a service; we lift each other up when we stumble; we forgive each other when we are wronged; and we are willing to sacrifice our own interests for their betterment.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV): Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV): As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Of the many responsibilities we have to each other, we also have the responsibility to sharpen each other’s character.
Much like the need of iron to sharpen iron, there is the need of one human to make another human better. Humans have a consciousness that only another human can understand. The words in which we communicate, the way our minds reason, and the joy/pain life brings can only be understood by another human. As a child, we are appreciative of everything a person is willing to teach us. We need someone to teach us how to eat, walk, talk, use the bathroom, and read. As an adult, we can lose our willingness to learn and the humility to be taught. That will only hurt us in the end because the only way we can learn and sharpen our character is by another person telling us.
Proverbs 1:5 (ESV): Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,